Mercury in Leo (in the Birth Chart)

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In astrology, the birth chart (or horoscope) is an elaborate circular diagram with lines that show the position of the planets in the heavens on the day you were born. Your particular birth chart consists of two parts: first, the sun, moon, or one of the planets, and second, which of the twelve "houses" of the zodiac it was found on the day of your birth. So a birth chart might define you as "sun in Taurus," or "Venus in Pisces.


For astrology enthusiasts, the birth chart is thought to give some hints as to why you behave the way you do. One such birth sign is Mercury in Leo.

Quality and Element of Mercury in Leo Personalities

Leo is one of the "fixed" zodiac signs, along with Scorpio, Aquarius, and Taurus. It is also a "fire" sign, along with Aries and Sagittarius. Such personalities are said to combine stable, sometimes stubborn traits with fiery enthusiasm. 

Such personalities are often engaging speakers, prone to colorful language delivered with dramatic passion. They are typically confident and able to inspire others with heartfelt grand visions.  

Possible Challenges

Leos influence by Mercury may have trouble with details. They may have short attention spans and be perceived as arrogant, inflexible, egotistical, and unrealistic.

The Leo Mentality

When Mercury is expressed through the fire sign of Leo, the result is a personality aflame with passion.

  Often the Mercury Leo person commands attention and is a captivating speaker or performer. 

Whatever draws the attention of Mercury in Leo spontaneously becomes the focus of great concentration at that very moment. While the focus lasts, such people can energize an idea and bring it to life through colorful language that inspires others, too.

Such personalities prefer the dramatic to the mundane, which is why they can be riveting speakers. The Mercury Leo excels at public speaking, performance, and in knowing how to win the hearts of others by "painting a picture." This personality type knows how to hold the spotlight, but needs to take care not to over-do it. Using humor and a sense of play softens the tendency to go over-the-top with a "me, me, me," ego-based style of communication.

Expressive Minds

The Mercury Leo's warmth in social situations is contagious and makes it easy to make new friends. When sparked by what's interesting about another person, the Mercury Leo has a gift for bringing out that potential. This makes them champions of the passions of others. When it is their own fire being stoked, imagination and energy are utterly captivated; but when such enthusiasm is not present, the Mercury Leo's effort may be half-hearted. 

Having Mercury in a fire sign allows one to take intuitive leaps in thinking. In these individuals, there's always a huge ego investment in what is happening, which can lead to strong disagreements when others question their actions or directions. A Mercury Leo's pride can be injured rather easily, and they may not function well in the anonymity and equality necessary in brainstorming sessions.

The Mercury Leo very much needs to be recognized for his or her uniqueness.  

Seeks an Appreciative Audience

The mind of a Mercury Leo lights up when there is a potential for glory and self-expression, and such a person has a gift for adding the flourishes. As an author, for example, a Mercury Leo might write a book in broad strokes, requiring an editor takes care of the fact-checking and grammar. These personalities are great tellers of dramatic tales, but they can also get in trouble for "dramatizing" the truth. They are rarely boring, though, and usually, have a funny story or two to tell.​

The Mercury Leo is a personality with a theatrical style, which makes him or her a true "character" as a leader, artist, friend, parent, or mate.

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